euniceradio (562) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2017 BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this for the first time at Firkin Fest 2009. It was the first beer I had...and the best. Being a fan of the regular Crooked Tree, I was intrigued by the authentic doubling of the recipe.
The result is, hands down, not only the best Imperial IPA I’ve ever had, but can imagine having. The hops have tossed off any thoughts of bitterness and embrace the religions of citrus and non-perfumey flowers. A mannish backbone of malt makes this beer thick and the best sippers around. The fact that it is unfiltered is just icing on the cake.
Dark Horse has become my favorite brewery in the States, thus far. I can find absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. There you have it. Cheers.
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours clouded brown, sticky tan head. Aroma of caramel, bread, pine, fig, brown sugar. Taste of same with big booze across entire palate. Finish is bitter with some citrus juice. Malt-forward IPA for sure. That’s how you get booze though...at 13%. pawos (274) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - AUG 9, 2017
Kolor bursztynowy. W aromacie słodko-chmielowo. Są nuty ciasteczkowe, kandyzowanych owoców i toffi z jednej strony, a ananas, zapachy igliwia i drzewa z drugiej. W smaku pełne, słodkawe. Goryczka wysoka ale dobrze zbalansowana. Wyraźny posmak chmielowy mgajdaczewa (2283) - Katowice, POLAND - JUL 17, 2017
Likierek chmielowy. W aromacie żywice i ciasteczkowo - karmelowy słód, do tego świeża nuta leśna, nieco ziołowości. W smaku podobnie, gęsto, leśnie, nieco żółtych owoców w tle, goryczka duża, ale krótka, szlachetna. Alko zdążyło się schować wystarczająco, delikatniutkie rozgrzewanie. Lubię takie! bbaird (20) - - JUL 1, 2017
Great double IPA. You can definitely sense the % alcohol (although the description said 13.5% and the bottle only says 12%), but it's a nice hoppy hit and still drinkable
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone oobawa (1733) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Not sure about the age of this beer; overwhelming caramel on the nose makes me think it’s not the freshest bottle available. (Never sure about an IPA whose description tells you aging it makes it better.) Hops are almost an afterthought, with the massive malt front making up most of the beer. Mostly caramel, honey, sticky bun, maybe a little nutty undercurrent, with the hops relegated to a slight orange-tinted middle and a piney but manageable finish. IBUs add a nice postscript, but this beer is shockingly malt-centric, with a boozy fade that assures you you’re indeed drinking a 12% brew. More a strong ale than an IPA, but after a pint you won’t give a damn.
gripweed57 (2861) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Copper color topped by a frothy beige head that dissapates quickly. Big boozy malt nose. Bittersweet toasted malt flavor has a huge bitter hop component. Intense and personal. Lots of body, lots of malt, lots of hops. Excess at its finest. mjik83 (1646) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2017
30cl van de tap bij Zeezicht, Breda
Alcoholpercentage van 13,6%
Uitgetapt in Zeezicht glas
Uiterlijk: donkeroranje met redelijke schuimkraag
Aroma en smaak: mooie fruitige neus van lychee, smaak is tropisch fruit, grapefruit, snoepjes, flinke bitter, warm van de alcohol maar niet overheersend
Conclusie: echt een stevige super ipa bobalau (1) - - MAY 13, 2017 does not count
a nice balanced beer, great fresh flavor. But at 12% alcohol may be my last for the day... well, perhaps until this evening. Nice Carmel notes and strong hops but not too citrusy. Highly recommended.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone brigg (708) - New York, USA - APR 7, 2017
(Bottle) Cloudy copper-brown body with a medium beige-cream head. Aroma of malt and tropical fruit; grapefruit, papaya, pine, brown sugar. Medium body, creamy. Flavor is very sweet, malty with citrus and pine hop finish; lots of floral notes and fruit; alcohol is noticeable with warm finish. bp (923) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Draft: pours clear dark amber with a thin white head, hoppy aroma and very hoppy favor, a touch sweet and a bit sticky, dry finish